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Ordet (1955)

Not Rated | | Drama, Fantasy | 10 January 1955 (Denmark)
Follows the lives of the Borgen family, as they deal with inner conflict, as well as religious conflict with each other, and the rest of the town.

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Kaj Munk (play)
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Hanne Aagesen Hanne Aagesen ... Karen (uncredited)
Kirsten Andreasen Kirsten Andreasen ... (uncredited)
Sylvia Eckhausen Sylvia Eckhausen ... Kirstin Petersen (uncredited)
Birgitte Federspiel ... Inger Borgen (uncredited)
Ejner Federspiel Ejner Federspiel ... Peter Petersen (uncredited)
Ann Elisabeth Groth Ann Elisabeth Groth ... Maren Borgen (uncredited)
Emil Hass Christensen Emil Hass Christensen ... Mikkel Borgen (uncredited)
Cay Kristiansen Cay Kristiansen ... Anders Borgen (uncredited)
Preben Lerdorff Rye Preben Lerdorff Rye ... Johannes Borgen (uncredited)
Henrik Malberg Henrik Malberg ... Morten Borgen (uncredited)
Gerda Nielsen Gerda Nielsen ... Anne Petersen (uncredited)
Ove Rud Ove Rud ... Pastor (uncredited)
Susanne Rud Susanne Rud ... Lilleinger Borgen (uncredited)
Henry Skjær Henry Skjær ... The Doctor (uncredited)
Edith Trane Edith Trane ... Mette Maren (uncredited)
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Storyline

How do we understand faith and prayer, and what of miracles? August 1925 on a Danish farm. Widowed Patriarch Borgen, who's rather prominent in his community, has three sons: Mikkel, a good-hearted agnostic whose wife Inger is pregnant, Johannes, who believes he is Jesus, and Anders, young, slight, in love with the tailor's daughter. The fundamentalist sect of the girl's father is anathema to Borgen's traditional Lutheranism; he opposes the marriage until the tailor forbids it, then Borgen's pride demands that it happen. Unexpectedly, Inger, who is the family's sweetness and light, has problems with her pregnancy. The rational doctor arrives, and a long night brings sharp focus to at least four views of faith. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Country:

Denmark

Language:

Danish

Release Date:

10 January 1955 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Ordet See more »

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Palladium Film See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Birgitte Federspiel, who plays Inger, is daughter of Ejner Federspiel, who plays Peter Petersen. See more »

Quotes

Morten Borgen: Have I ever been in love? At least ten times.
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9/10 & added to my "masterpiece collection" list
15 June 2015 | by d-JCBSee all my reviews

Another winner from Dreyer but i expected as much since i think every film i've seen by him is pretty much a masterpiece… that's taking into consideration The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928), Vampyr (1932), Day of Wrath (1943), his final film Gertrud (1964) and now Ordet completes the string of 5 brilliant films he made from 1928- 1964 before dying at the age of 79 in 1968… he was one of the the few geniuses who wasn't given much time to make films, only 13 features in his career from as early as 1919… he was there right from the start and left with such a deep note on what can be done in cinema, that he has inspired generations to come with his meticulous detail for showing reality but in a very unusual manner…

What is to be said about a story where one character believes he's the reincarnation of Jesus, yet the family think he's crazy… in the early 1900s where religion ruled & love was broken cause the fathers of the 2 families have different religious practices… where an atheist and his pregnant wife hopes for a boy but problems arise & all the families faith will be tested, and ultimately set the path for this very unusual and unsettling adaptation of a popular Danish play…

If you haven't seen any Dreyer, you haven't experienced one of the masters of cinema who created a world & atmosphere like no other…

http://samuellbronko.tumblr.com/post/119845549042/ordet-aka-the- word-1955-carl-theodor-dreyer


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